Mackmyra Svensk Ek (70cl, 46.1%)

Swedish whisky

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I received a taste of this offering from Mackmyra recently and in view of trying and really enjoying some private cask Mackmyra recently I was a little bit more optimistic when this one arrived in front of me. Firstly however for the non Swedish readership I should explain that Svensk Ek means Swedish Oak . This whisky is matured in barrels made from oak trees planted on the island of Visingsö centuries ago, oak originally intended for shipbuilding. Before being turned into barrels the oak is dried and worked to open the wood fibres to give a spicy taste to the whisky  

I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, added a half teaspoon of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes. The whisky pours a very light golden colour, leaving quite strong legs flowing down the inside of the glass.

The nose is initially quite sweet and spicy with notes of citrus, allspice, perhaps cloves in the background but theen back to citrus and fresh cut green apples .  Soft malt and and  lemon cake appear. there is quite a lot going on but it is a little understated and really quite nice

The flavour is initially quite soft with a pronounced elements of black pepper allspice and ginger but this on a fruity base of green apples pears and soft fruit but as the whisky develops on the palate it goes more to vanilla , highland toffee and milk chocolate before a little pepper arrives. There is quite a lot going on here

The finish is quite long with citrus and vanilla notes dominating, drying, then back to vanilla with a little chilli

The addition of water added to the flavour of the whisky but a little more, perhaps a full teaspoon would be ideal

This is a quite busy whisky which would probably gain by being left to mature for longer. However to to its credit it is very pleasant, well made and well balanced which would make a fine pre meal dram!!

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Mackmyra Special 8 Sauternes Cask (70cl, 46.0%)

Swedish whisky

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I poured the whisky into a Copita nosing glass, added a three quarter teaspoon of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes. The whisky pours a very light golden colour, leaving light legs flowing down the inside of the glass.
As can be imagined the nose is initially very intense with notes of citrus and honey coming forward.

This is followed by very pronounced notes of bananas, apricots and mangos. A perfumed floral elegance then builds steadily. The flavour is initially quite soft and sweet with hints of lemon and as the whisky develops on the palate a spirity kick with a slight herbal acidity then appears. There is a lot going on here and the whisky becomes quite complex
The finish is quite long with seville oranges and sauternes notes, drying with a touch of honey then a crisp ending

This release uses a mix of bourbon casks, sherry casks , casks made of new Swedish and American oak and finished on French Sauternes cask. The  addition of water accentuated the flavour of the whisky

This is a very complex, light whisky which would probably gain  by being left to mature for a longer period.

Mackmyra Special 6 Summer Meadow (70cl, 46.8%)

Swedish whisky

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I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, added a half teaspoon of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes. The whisky pours a very light golden colour, leaving quite strong legs flowing down the inside of the glass.

The nose is initially quite floral with notes of citrus malt and spirit coming forward. This is followed by vanilla a little cracked pepper then back to citrus and as the aroma develops becomes quite intense and spirity.

The flavour is initially quite soft with hints of caramel but as the whisky develops on the palate this becomes more pronounced. Dried fruit flavours teamed with toffee, citrus, vanilla  and a slight touch of mint  build and build.There is a lot going on here and the whisky in its self is quite well balanced.

The finish is quite long with citrus and vanilla notes, drying, then back to caramel

This release uses both bourbon and sherry casks and the add the addition of water neither added to, or detracted from the flavour of the whisky

This is a good well made, if basic whisky which would probably gain by being left to mature for longer.

Mackmyra – 5yo Private cask (61%)

Swedish whisky

Mackmyra’s history started in 1998 at a Swedish winter resort, where eight friends from the Royal Institute of Technology met up for a ski trip. Noticing all of them had brought along a bottle of malt whisky for the host, a conversation started about the manufacturing of a Swedish whisky. The following year a company was founded, and after years of experimenting with 170 different recipes, they finally settled on two recipes in 2002.That same year a new distillery was built in the old mill and power station at Mackmyra, which went on stream in October. The first limited edition single malt whisky, Preludium 01, launched in February 2006 and sold-out in less than 20 minutes.

Mackmyra has two active distilleries. The first went on stream at Mackmyra in 2002, featuring a full-sized pot still from Forsyth’s in Rothes, Scotland. Swedish stainless steel washbacks and a German mash tun, with a production capacity of 600,000 bottles a year.

A second distillery, about 6 miles east of Mackmyra village, was built and went on stream in 2011. The project cost has been estimated at SEK 50 million, featuring two full-sized pot stills with a production capacity of 1,8 M bottles a year. It’s seven stories high, using gravity to power many internal processes within the distillery, resulting in about 45% less energy use compared to the first distillery.

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I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, added a teardrop of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes. The whisky pours a light golden colour, leaving long legs flowing down the inside of the glass.

The nose is initially quite floral with notes of caramel honey and grass coming forward. This is followed by more mineral tones and as the aroma develops hits of elderflower and red fruit come through initially softly but this becomes more prominent through the development. At the very finish there are waves of white stone fruit and pear. A really fresh and floral opening to the whisky.

The flavour is initially quite soft with hints of honey but as the whisky develops on the palate this becomes more pronounced. Floral flavours teamed with barley grist  and caramel  build and build. There is a lot going on in this very well balanced whisky. The taste finished with a ribbon of honey running through the dominating biscuit and floral flavours.

Excellent whisky and without doubt the best I have tasted from Macmyra